Fareed Zakaria to Chair Panel On Global Biotech Innovation During 2010 BIO International Convention

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tuesday, March 23, 2010) - Fareed Zakaria, author, journalist and host of CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS, will moderate a discussion among industry leaders on the state of biotech hubs and innovation around the globe during the upcoming 2010 BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the global biotechnology community.  The panel will review the results and central themes of an annual study highlighting key international developments produced by Scientific American in cooperation with the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the organizer of the BIO International Convention.

The session will focus on comprehensive survey results from a newly published report entitled, Scientific American Worldview: A Global Biotechnology Perspective featuring the Worldview Scorecard, a country-by-country “innovation capacity” ranking. The 2010 Scientific Amerian Worldview report will be available at the 2010 BIO International Convention and will be viewable online at in mid May.

“Fareed Zakaria is a well-known and highly respected journalist.  We are excited to have him join us at the 2010 BIO International Convention,” said Jim Greenwood, BIO’s President and CEO.  “Together with our partners at Scientific American, we are honored that he will moderate a distinguished panel to talk about how we can move biotech innovation forward in both established countries and emerging markets around the world.”

Scientific American, the leading consumer science magazine, conducted the annual global biotech survey to highlight the factors promoting and impeding biotech innovation on a country-by-country basis. 

“The fundamental mission behind our Worldview enterprise is to foster a productive, meaningful dialogue on the ways in which nations can best leverage their assets for the betterment of their life science and biotechnology sectors” observes Jeremy Abbate, Director of Global Media Solutions, Scientific American. “This session will help highlight this important discussion.”

The Worldview report will illustrate what countries are doing right, and what countries still need to work on to improve their capacity for creating biotech innovation locally.  In addition, the report will show how countries compare against one another in such categories as work force availability, education and intellectual property protection.

The session will be held Wednesday, May 5 from 3:00-4:30 pm at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. The 2010 BIO International Convention runs May 3-6 in Chicago.

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Advance media registration for the 2010 BIO International Convention is now open and will be available online through April 23, 2010.  To register in advance, please visit

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